Monday, April 30, 2001

Clark's bathroom window always has a view of the mischief going down on F-street. Yesterday I watched to IMF/World Bank march while taking a bath. Today three of us piled into the (bone dry) tub to watch a drug bust. I felt like a hick watching the cops stand around for a good hour, but a least we weren't as bold as the people who put chairs out on the sidewalk. I guess it would have been too uncomfortable to stand and gawk.

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Friday, April 27, 2001

Exactly one week ago we had the annual GW chalk-in. The street in front of the Library was covered in good-natured graffiti from students, staff and passers by. I got together with some members of the anime club and we covered a wide swath full of all sorts of illustrations and slogans (mostly of the “love and peace variety”). Being a bit of a latecomer, Courtney and Laura had already done most of the work, but I was able to add my interpretation of the talking poo from the Aqua Knight manga.
talking feces

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Steve Bennet was also nice enough to draw little pictures of all of the girls as anime characters. The picture of Laura is priceless. He thought that she was a lot younger than her 18 years, so he drew a picture of her saying "I'm not 15!" Doug and Steve signed my tin marker box. Here is a close up of the rendition of me wearing a "Cuba" t-shirt.

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Here is how my cell for the workshop came out:



I made a lot of little mistakes, but luckily this thumbnail blends most of the smaller ones out.

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I've been a bad web site owner. I'm guilty of neglect. But lately I've been entirely too stressed/ depressed/ sleepy/ unwahsed to do anything about it. But since I don't have another test for almost a week and a half, I feel that it is my duty to clean out the backlog of photographs.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Sorry if I haven't been updating much for the past couple of days. I've been very busy, and I even have a final tomorrow. In the mean time, you should call 1-800-888-3999 and choose option #7. Trust me. It's worth it.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001

Today rocked.
Steve Bennet and the ladies of anime We had a cell workshop with some of the folks from Studio Ironcat, Steve Bennet (former animator of inu Yasha) and Doug Smith (the voice of Golden Boy for the american dub). I cut class for the first time this semester in order to attend this thing, and it was really worth it. We ended up painting cells for a few hours before going out to an all-you-can-eat sushi bar.

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Monday, April 16, 2001

formica samples

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Friday, April 13, 2001

my parent's yard
fruit slices
I've been taking lots more pictures. I've passed number #1550. That's a little over 15 photographs a day for the 103 days that I've been using my camera. I still have to figure out what I'm going to do with all of these pictures. I should probably put together some sort of a gallery.

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Aaron buys me things.Aaron went to Chicago for a debate tournament and brought back presents for me. We have this idiotic running gag about hello kitty ("Her bio says that her hobby is making friends, but she doesn't have a mouth and she's just got mittens for hands. That means she can't speak or write or use sign language; she must be telepathic or something"), so Aaron brought me things from the Sanrio store: an orange scented gel pen and a little note pad. It was a really nice thing to do, so thanks Aaron!

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Thursday, April 12, 2001

Blogger has been acting up for the past few days. There have been so many new users that it's almost impossible to log in to the servers at peak hours. Poo.

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Monday, April 09, 2001

Furniture porn has updated! Once again, we have hot chair on chair action like you would never believe, and this time it invovles Charlie's Angel's...chairs.

Visit Furniture Porn!

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Sunday, April 08, 2001

Yesterday, I went to Daruma, a Japanese market, with a few friends. We arrived fifteen minutes after the store had closed, so instead we sulked in a nearby restaurant. But today we tried again, and this time it was open. I was impressed; Daruma is probably the best Japanese food store I have ever seen; it even had a lending library of Japanese language books. There were tons of things for sale that I had only heard about or seen on TV:

    Taiyaki (a fish shaped pancake filled with bean paste)
    Red Miso Paste
    Umeboshi (pickled plums, which I really wanted to buy, but they were a bit expensive)
    Adzuki Bean Cakes
    Rice Cakes
    Kiss Mint (yummy gum)
I bought a lot of food, mostly stuff for cooking. There were probably enough exotic snacks to bury me alive, but I resisted and only bought a box of pocky sticks. Unfortunately, since this was a store selling only Japanese food, I still have to go to the Da Hua market in Chinatown to buy my supply of pork buns and Vietnamese noodle soup. Not that I'm complaining, this has been that first place that Clark and I have been able to find genuine yakisoba sauce.

Oh, yeah, and almost none of the labels were in English. We were forced to rely on our foreign language skills to figure out everything (I'm still not sure if we actually bought bonito flakes or something-else flakes), the next challenge will be to translate the cooking directions.

After we shopped I walked back down to the tidal basin and to take a few more pictures. It was the perfect place to enjoy my brand new sport bottle of green tea and individually wrapped rice crackers. I made miso soup for the first time today, too.

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Saturday, April 07, 2001

The sun wasn't out so most of my pictures look too washed out. I've been cheating and adding false colors, but it's just not the same.

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Hamano-Sensei and Aaron
The picnic food was also excellent. I had umebosi (pickled plums) and some expertly made rice balls. It's nice to hang out with a bunch of people and eat seaweed without anyone saying "Ewww, gross."

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Yesterday was the height of the cherry blossoms.

I walked out to the tidal basin with a few of my friends to have an ohanami picnic with the Japanese department. The sky was kind of overcast and dreary, but the blossoms were absolutely stunning. My entire field of vision was crowded with whites and pinks. We were able to enjoy our surroundings for a little while until it started raining to hard for us to remain outside. The petals have started to fall from the trees en masse, and they polka dot the cars parked on the side of the streets. If tomorrow is a sunny day, I think I will take the time to go outside and take a few more photographs.

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Friday, April 06, 2001

I just got back from seeing Enemy at the Gates at Union Station. The film was a lot better than I expected. I was thinking "Isn't it too soon after Saving Private Ryan to make another grimy WWII movie?" Actually, what made this movie so special was that it was about a battle between the Germans and the Soviets, and even though everyone in the movie spoke English (some with funny accents, even) there was not one American character. That's something you don't see too often in American war movies.

Most of the stuff depicted in the movie was close to what I had read in my Eastern European History/Foreign Policy class. However, the movie nailed the concept of "one rifle for every two men" better than any dry historical text ever could.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Today was Equal Pay For Equal Work Day. GWU had a bake sale in celebration. The prices for the brownies and cookies read:
Women $ .75
Men $1.00

I didn't have 75 cents, but in exchange for the clever sign I donated all of the change I had on me.

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Sunday, April 01, 2001

Safeplces by G·COM is one of the coolest interactive worlds I've seen in a long time. It manages to use the 3D shading tools that flash offers in a way that really adds to the environment, something I've seen only rarely. It's meant to be a digital playground complete with a selection of background music and flowers that let you create your own harmonies. The execution is seamless with nearly everything carrying its own secret sound or function. I discover something new every time I play with it. Don't give up until you find the way to get to the parallel world.

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